The Green Bay Packers went 1-1-1 at the start of free agency.
They lost center J.C. Tretter to Cleveland (but gained a compensatory pick for a player they didn’t need).
Then, they lost Micah Hyde, with the Buffalo Bills signing the versatile defensive back to a five-year, $30.5 million contract on Thursday.
On Twitter, Hyde said he did not receive an offer from the Packers.
Hyde was tremendous during the second half of last season. Hyde had no interceptions and two passes defensed in the first 11 games. In the final eight games, he had four interceptions and 11 passes defensed. On a horrible pass defense, Hyde was a bright spot.
However, even for all of Hyde’s skill, versatility and intelligence, he has physical imitations that probably scared the Packers away from making such a huge financial investment. While Hyde can play safety — and that’s what the Bills called him in announcing the signing — he might not be big enough to fill that role on a full-time basis. While Hyde can play in the slot — and that’s where he had most of his success in Green Bay — he still will struggle to match up against a receiver who’s either tall or quick.
According to Pro Football Focus, Hyde allowed a 67.9 percent completion rate, 619 yards, 11.3 yards per catch, five touchdowns and a 90.5 passer rating.
Nonetheless, there’s no ignoring the fact that Green Bay’s secondary got worse on Thursday. Quinten Rollins, who struggled throughout his second season, is the best option in the slot. Kentrell Brice, a promising undrafted free agent last year, figures to assume the mantle as the team’s No. 3 safety.
Meanwhile, the agency that represents running back Eddie Lacy, Sports Trust Advisors, announced on Twitter that Lacy will visit the Seahawks, Vikings and Packers over the next four days. Lacy was off to a strong start to 2016 with a 5.1-yard average before suffering an ankle injury that required surgery. That ankle is probably a big reason while he will be making the rounds.
“We’d like to get Eddie back. He’s our guy. He’s one of our core players,” coach Mike McCarthy said at the Scouting Combine.
Also on Thursday, the Packers re-signed free-agent guard Don Barclay, with a source confirming a reported one-year deal worth up to $1.3 million.
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